Government of New Brunswick
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  • Overview

    Liquor licences are required by persons or businesses that want to sell or manufacture liquor products in New Brunswick.

    Eligibility

    All liquor licence or permit applicants must be nineteen years of age or older.

    Description

    A liquor licence is required by any person or businesses that want to sell liquor in a public place or who wants to manufacture alcoholic beverages.

    The application fee for a dining-room, lounge, club, special facility, or in-house brewery licence must be received with the initial application.

    A lounge licence is required for selling liquor in public places such as bars or pubs. A lounge licence does not permit persons under the age of nineteen to be on the licensed premises without parental accompaniment.

    A dining-room licence is required for selling liquor in public places such as bars, restaurants or pubs that sell food. A dining-room licence permits persons under the age of nineteen to be on the premises without parental accompaniment.

    A wine serving licence is required to serve wine supplied by a customer who is nineteen years of age or older. The wine serving licensee may not hold any other licence under the Liquor Control Act. (meaning no liquor remains on site).

    A special facility licence is required to sell liquor in a public place such as a sporting, cultural or theatrical establishment, as well as a trade and convention centre, hotel/motel complexes, excursion boats, airplanes, trains, and federal/provincial/municipal parks.

    A club licence is required to sell liquor in a forces canteen or a non-proprietary club that is not operated for the personal benefit of any member or shareholder.

    A catering licence is required by someone who holds another liquor licence under the Liquor Control Act and wishes to cater liquor with food outside of his or her licensed establishment.

    A special events licence is required for events of seven or less days where liquor will be served in public places such as festivals and community events, including outdoor areas. Special events licences issued for public events must be conducted without the intention of commercial or personal gain or profit.

    An entertainment/exotic licence is required for live entertainment within an existing liquor licensed establishment.

    An in-house brewery licence can only be issued to someone who already has an existing dining-room, lounge or special facility licence. An in-house brewery licence is required for manufacturing beer and selling it in the licensed establishment.

    A sacramental wine vendor's licence is required for persons who sell wine to the clergy.

    A brewer's licence is required for a manufacturer of beer for commercial purposes. To manufacture beer, licensees are also required to be duly licensed by the Government of Canada under the Excise Tax Act of Canada.

    A distiller's licence is required for a manufacturer of spirits for commercial purposes.

    A winery licence is required for a manufacturer of wine for commercial purposes.

    A licence extension can be authorized for a special event not adjacent to a licensed establishment (dining room, lounge and special facility licences).

    The Liquor Control Act is administered by this Department.

    Changes To Fees

    This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
    2009 Annual report on fees.pdf,
    2010 PS Uvin-UBrew Licence.pdf


    Fees

    Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

    Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
    YYYY-MM-DD
    Application fee for a Dining Room Licence, Lounge Licence, Club Licence, Special Facility Licence or an In-House Brewery Licence 100.002012-02-27
    Lounge Licence 2009-03-31
      30 seats or less325.002012-02-27
      Over 30 seats850.002009-03-31
    Dining-Room Licence 350.002012-02-27
    Wine Serving Licence 50.002012-02-27
    Special Facility Licence2009-03-31
      25 seats or less325.002012-02-27
      More than 25 seats 850.002009-03-31
    Uvin / UBrew Licence100.002010-04-01
    Club Licence 175.002012-02-27
    Catering Licence (must have a valid lounge, dining-room, special facility, or club licence)175.002012-02-27
    Special Events Licence (per day) 100.002010-09-08
    Entertainment Licence 75.002012-02-27
    Entertainment Licence (exotic) 750.002010-09-08
    In-house brewery licence 750.002012-02-27
    Brewer's licence 2010-09-08
      Where 500,000 litres of beer or less are manufactured per year 100.002012-02-27
      Where more than 500,000 litres are manufactured per year 2,500.002012-02-27
    Distiller's Licence 2010-09-08
      Where 75,000 litres of liquor or less are manufactured per year 100.002012-02-27
      Where more than 75,000 litres of liquor are manufactured per year 2,500.002012-02-27
    Winery Licence 2010-09-08
      Where 100,000 litres of wine or less are manufactured per year 100.002012-02-27
      Where more than 100,000 litres of wine are manufactured per year 2,500.002012-02-27
    Sacramental Wine Vendor's Licence 100.002011-03-04
    List of all licences issued under the Liquor Control Act 100.002012-02-27
    Licence extension not adjacent to premises150.002012-02-27
    Contact Email Location
    Fredericton